Class Action: Curriculum evolves for a brave new world

Traditional subjects such as history and geography are certainly being covered, but are not necessarily being taught separately or as explicitly as they used to be.

When I was at primary school lessons such as history and geography were called by their proper names, but these days subjects seem to be merged into one. My son does not know the meaning of the word geography.

Sunday, 30 December, 2012, 2:15pm

Late geographer Neil Smith saw capitalism as transformer of spaces

Late geographer Neil Smith saw capitalism as transformer of spaces

Neil Smith, who died in September at age 58 of liver failure, brought a new dimension to geography by exploring the relationship between cities, the wider world and capitalism.

2 Dec 2012 - 5:01am

Hong Kong tourists are gradually returning to Manila

Hong Kong tourists are slowly returning to Manila despite the imposition of a black travel advisory - the highest-level warning - following the hostage shootings two years ago.

23 Aug 2012 - 2:46am

Philippine government cannot be allowed to forget hostage tragedy

The hostage-taking in Manila two years ago that took the lives of seven Hong Kong tourists and their guide will never be forgotten by relatives and those injured. In the time that has passed, though, there should have at least been a sense of closure.

23 Aug 2012 - 1:09am

Beijing warns US-Japan military drills will stoke tensions amid dispute

Beijing called on Washington to stop "stoking tension" over the disputed Diaoyu Islands yesterday as the US and Japan began a month-long military drill.

Japanese officials stressed that the drill was a routine exercise, but mainland media suggested it was aimed at containing China in the wake of recent disputes over the eight uninhabited islets, known as the Senkaku Islands in Japan.

22 Aug 2012 - 3:38am

Pakistan a weak link in China's energy plan

The recent surge in sectarian violence in strategically located border areas in Pakistan could be part of a larger plan to curtail Beijing's profile in the region. Violence appears aimed at frustrating efforts to complete the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project and its proposed extension to China.

22 Aug 2012 - 2:26am

Letters to the Editor, August 21, 2012

Activists land on the disputed Diaoyu Islands. Photo: AFP

Islands are part of Okinawa

According to existing law, a bilateral agreement between two countries on sovereignty issues is upheld under international law.

The Senkaku Islands, as they are known in Japan, are part of the territory of Okinawa.

21 Aug 2012 - 1:26am

What the mainland media say, Sunday Morning Post, August 19, 2012

What the mainland media say, Sunday Morning Post, August 19, 2012

The gunning down of Zhou Kehua by Chongqing police on Tuesday capped an eight-year manhunt for one of the most wanted men on the mainland, but the media frenzy shows no sign of abating.

19 Aug 2012 - 10:47am

The discontent beneath the surface

The discontent beneath the surface

The End of the Chinese Dream: Why Chinese People Fear the Future

by Gerard Lemos

Yale University Press


Chow Chung-yan

20 Aug 2012 - 10:26am

Yinchuan, Ningxia, to host China-Arab States Economic and Trade Forum

Trade between China and the Arab world grew 22 per cent in the first half of the year, despite political turmoil in the energy-rich region.

Analysts say Beijing is exploring potential for economic co-operation in the region as some Arab countries undergo reconstruction following civil strife and changes in leadership.

17 Aug 2012 - 4:17am

Chief Executive C.Y. Leung summons Japanese envoy over arrest of HK activists

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying summoned the Japanese consul-general yesterday amid a flurry of diplomatic protests following the arrest by Japan's coastguard of 14 activists from Hong Kong, Macau and the mainland, who landed on the disputed Diaoyu Islands.

16 Aug 2012 - 9:26am

Civil society thrives on the mainland, so long as it leaves politics well alone

Each year on the mainland, there are hundreds of thousands of "mass incidents", that is, protests involving more than 50 people. Indeed, demonstrations involving thousands of people are a frequent phenomenon. Chinese leaders are concerned about serious domestic as well as international challenges, and there is less talk of a "glorious era" in the mainstream mainland media.

16 Aug 2012 - 2:33am

Tourism landscape continues to evolve

Singapore is thriving, thanks to its open economy, buoyant capital markets and active stock exchange, based in the SGX Centre (centre).Photo: Bloomberg

A strategic geographic location and ability to diversify has made Singapore one of Asia's most successful economies. The city state has positioned itself as a core financial hub and leading tourist destination.

15 Aug 2012 - 5:43pm

5.4m yuan offered for capture of killer

The reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspected serial killer totalled 5.4 million yuan (HK$6.61 million), as the manhunt for one of the country's most-wanted fugitives enters its fifth day.

14 Aug 2012 - 4:15am

Letters to the Editor, August 14, 2012

Refresher courses needed for bus drivers. Photo: Sam Tsang

Typhoon proved huts vulnerable

I agree with an advocacy group that the government should set up a task force to "address safety issues of squatter huts" ("Group demands action on condition of squatter huts", August 6).

14 Aug 2012 - 3:05am